March 31, 2020

Archives for June 2012

Humming Along

If you want to wow the hummingbirds, plant Weigela florida, a shrub that can easily top 6 to 9 feet in height with all of its branches covered in blossoms. Pictured is an unknown red variety that has … [Read more...]

Corn Relish

This may sound crazy, but one of my very favorite things about summer is all the canning and freezing that comes with it. Green beans, tomatoes, carrots, pickles, relishes, jams, jellies, peppers, … [Read more...]

Beardless Beauty

Iris sibirica is one of the easiest flowers to grow, especially in Maine. Siberian iris are mostly carefree, with their swordlike foliage topped by elegant flowers in late spring and early summer. … [Read more...]

The Family Sedge

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days) How does one keep track of a family that may have up to 2,000 members? That's the family Carex for you, otherwise known as sedges. At a quick glance, … [Read more...]

Keeping It Clean

How do you keep algae from building up in your rain barrels? There are a few tricks to keep the water pristine. Set up the barrel in a mostly shady area. Sunlight promotes algae growth. If … [Read more...]

Rise and Shine

Spring ephemerals are elusive only because of the speed in which they come and go. Trillium undulatum is no different, quickly rising up and blooming in a matter of days. Given its early yet fleeting … [Read more...]

The Awesomeness of Grass

• By John F. Chisholm • Grass.  When I was a child, I loved it.  Rolling in it, playing in it, hiding in it.  What could be better?  Wind rippled blossoms in greenery.  Buttercups, dandelions, … [Read more...]

Daisy Dilemma

Say howdy to enemy of several western states, the noxious Leucanthemum vulgare or ox-eye daisy. Growing in every American state and nearly all Canadian provinces, this European and Asian native has … [Read more...]

POLL: Pick a Baxter Plant

Summer's here, it's an election year and we're taking a vote. Which plant should we sponsor in the quest to catalog the flora of Baxter State Park? Read on to learn more about each candidate or … [Read more...]

Beware the Bristles

Garden Note: We’re ringing in summer all this week with a tribute to wild Maine, the best vacationland to roam. Enter our drawing to win a copy of “The Plants of Acadia National Park,” with a shot of … [Read more...]